ENNIS – A grass fire burned an estimated 10-15 acres in Ennis on Monday morning.
According to Ennis Fire Department Lt. Shawn Mounts, a call came in at 9:42 a.m. about a fire located in the 2700 block of N. Kaufman.
A brush truck arrived at the scene first and immediately called in for help, with three more brush trucks and two engines responding to the call. The Ennis Fire Department, with help from Garrett Rural Volunteer Fire Department, put out the fire in an hour and a half. The Bardwell Fire Department filled in at the firehouse in Ennis.
“Nineteen personnel were at the scene,” Mounts said. “We did a good job clearing up the area given the conditions we had.”
Mounts said the cause of the fire is unknown, but could have resulted from a problem with a transformer as the northern part of Ennis received a power surge right before the fire was reported.
High winds, as well as flaky, dried grass, were some of the conditions under which firefighters worked.
No one was hurt and no property damage occurred, Mounts said, noting the last unit cleared at 11:10 a.m.
In less than two hours time, Midlothian and Ovilla fire departments’ brush trucks responded to three grass fires early Monday afternoon on Shiloh Road, Pecan Creek Circle and West Highland Road.
At least two of Monday’s fires were attributed to fireworks. On Sunday, Midlothian firefighters also had responded to a grass fire believed tied to the use of fireworks.
According to Midlothian fire personnel, the conditions are right for fires to occur, any time fireworks are shot into a dry, grassy area.
Also on Monday, Midlothian firefighters were toned out to a structure fire on Water Works Drive, with the call coming in shortly after 10:30 a.m.
Engine crews from the Waxahachie and Ovilla fire departments responded to assist. The cause of the fire was still under investigation at press time.
Daily Light staff writer Anthony Davila and correspondent Gary Puckett contributed to this report.